Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Friends in South Africa

So many things have happened in the last few weeks I could never recount everything. But, by far my favorite thing that has happened is that my family's very good friends from South Africa came to visit! They came to the United States for their son's wedding and we got to spend a little time with them while they were here and I am so glad that we did! They are really my favorite people in the world! You're probably curious as to how my family has such good friends that live half-way around the world... When my Dad was nineteen, he served a two year mission for our church in South Africa and he met a family that he became very close with while he was there and has kept in touch with ever since. He and my Mom even named me after one of their daughters. From the time that I was young, I dreamt of meeting Bronwen and my parents have both been promising since the day that I was born that we would someday visit. As of now, that hasn't yet come true. I did meet her and her entire family when I was three years old when they came to the U.S. to visit but I don't remember it well. Even though I never really knew Bronwen, I always dreamt of really meeting her and that I would grow up to be just like her. After spending time with her all last week, I still feel exactly the same! She is seriously incredible as is her entire family and I hope that someday I can be half as amazing as they are. Cora and Jeff are possibly the sweetest and most down-to-earth people that I have ever met. I love Bronwen and her family so much and already miss them like crazy! They are all so amazing. After seeing them all last week and realizing how much I really love them, I have decided to finally make this dream of visiting them in South Africa a reality. I am determined to make it happen and have already been researching everything so I truly can. I am not going to let anything get in the way. I am working so hard to make this trip possible and am really quite excited! I even started another blog to document my travels while I'm there (and the preparations before). I know that it's a tad early for that since I'm not going until next year but I am too excited to contain it and I needed an outlet. Even though it's a year away, I've got something to look forward to!

Jeff, Cora, and I

Bronwen and Bronwen! And darling little Joshua!

Haha. My Mom, Dad, and Quinton. FOREVER ago.


Lauren Baker said...

Hearing all about South Africa in Weston's letters makes me want to go! When are you going? You'll have to look for Weston!

Bronwen said...

I'll be going to Johannesburg, Capetown, and George. Where is Weston serving again?

Lauren Baker said...

He's in the Durban mission. Right now he is actually in Swaziland.